A residency stay at La Porte Peinte is designed to support creative reflection, exploration and inspiration. Daily life is simple and pleasant. Every residency bedroom has its own features and personality. Named after creatures from a medieval bestiary, each half-timbered room is charming, comfortable, and gets plenty of light. The studio spaces are also diverse, ranging from tiny hermetic writing nooks to rustic loft spaces that look out over the garden. Residents prepare meals and dine together in the spacious communal kitchen, and the library in the eaves is a gathering place — perfect for watching films, listening to music or relaxing with a book. The garden serves as a place for work, picnics and parties or pot-luck meals with members of the local community. Noyers and its environs offer countless opportunities to hike, swim, picnic, make new friends and explore. To learn more about the Noyers sur Serein lifestyle, read Danielle Rubi-Dentzel, from her The Trail of Crumbs blog.
FEEDBACK FROM ANTHONY WRIGHT, SCULPTOR, A.I.R. SUMMER 2015
My residency at La Porte Peinte was an incredible experience From the moment I was met by Oreste at the train station I was made to feel welcome. During my residency at La Porte Peinte I concentrated on two directions. One was to draw every day and the other was to create sculpture derived from the unique surrounds of Noyers sur Serein. I was able to create over fifty works on paper during my 30 days in Noyers. I also created 4 wood sculptures using some amazing old oak from the area. I started a new type of work that I hadn’t previously planned, using photographs of the architecture in Noyers, printed and then altered with alkyd paint and graphite. This was a real joy to be able to experiment with this process.
The sculpture that I made was composed of wood, as I mentioned, but several of the pieces incorporated lime plaster. This material is used in the local architecture and this was the first time I had used it in my work. Although not entirely successful using it, I think the pieces I did produce provided me with information and a learning experience that is so valuable to artists. To me that is the value in an artist’s residency, the opportunity to learn, to try new processes, new materials, and new resources.
My studio practice continues to grow after leaving France. My process has been honed by the time spent there. I look forward to a day when I can return. www.anthonywright.com
EXCERPT FROM A HUFFINGTON POST ARTICLE BY LAURA FISHER, A.I.R. SUMMER 2012
I came to France in June of 2012. The month leading up to my departure was a frenzied, stress-filled disaster. I had three million loose ends to tie up before I left. Every night, I went to bed at 4 a.m. worrying about all the things I had to do the next day, and woke up at 8 a.m. feeling like I hadn’t slept at all. Case in point: new products came in at VogueVert and I had a last-minute fashion shoot three days before my flight. Three days.
You get the idea.
La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts is located in Noyers-sur-Serein, a medieval cité in the heart of Bourgogne, France. I don’t know how to describe it other than it’s exactly like living in a fairytale. The town, tucked into a hairpin bend of the Serein River, is surrounded by fields of wheat and wildflowers. The ruins of a castle atop the hill loom over the walled village. Cobblestones line the streets and flowers cascade from the boxes outside every window. I befriended a little girl who took me to see her grandparents’ secret garden a few we